Self-funded Legislator Leads Fundraising

Apr 16, 2014

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 27-year-old first-term state representative from Oklahoma City who put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign has amassed the biggest war chest in the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the 5th Congressional District.

Federal campaign finance documents provided by Republican state Rep. Mike Turner's campaign show he spent about $170,000 during the reporting cycle that ended March 31. Most of that was spent on a television ad buy in the Oklahoma City market.

Federal campaign reports covering the first quarter of 2014 were due by midnight Tuesday.

Reports show GOP Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas raised the second most among the 12 candidates seeking the seat, with more than $400,000 in total contributions.

Lankford stepped down in January to run for the U.S. Senate.